How to Participate

We invite you to be a part of CONTACT, either as an Open Exhibition or a Featured Exhibition. Open Exhibitions are non-juried, while Featured Exhibitions are subject to a submission process.

All participants for Open and Featured Exhibitions must register with CONTACT on our website. The Call for Submissions is now closed for Featured Exhibitions, but Open Registration continues until December 5.

Submissions are not sought for CONTACT's curated programming, including Primary Exhibitions, Public Installations and Special Events.

Exhibition Venues

Before registering, artists/exhibition organizers must find a venue in which to hold the exhibition. 

Open Exhibitions can be held in any type of venue, from conventional gallery spaces to unconventional venues such as community centres, cafés, or retail shops. For Featured Exhibitions, preference is given to exhibitions held in professional gallery spaces.

If you are an artists seeking exhibition space, or if you have a venue and would like to participate in the Festival, please email info [at] scotiabankcontactphoto [dot] com to inquire, as we are occasionally able to make appropriate matches between artists and venues wishing to participate in CONTACT. The festival cannot guarantee that we will pair up artists with venues.

There are opportunities for artists seeking venues to exhibit with one of the neighbourhood Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups that partner with the festival each year. The BIAs send out calls for submissions in autumn, and match up artists with venues. Please sign up for our e-newsletter to ensure that you receive this information.